Tight restrictions on the Mornington Peninsula

Restrictions on the Mornington Peninsula

These are challenging times. Victoria has entered a State of Disaster and Mornington Peninsula has entered Stage 4 restrictions with stronger rules to limit the movement of people.

As we navigate the next 4-5 weeks let’s do our best to be patient, resilient and calm. This situation is unfamiliar to all of us. We are in this together and if we all do the right thing we will be on the other side of this sooner.

Major changes to our day-to-day lives include:

  • Curfew from 8pm-5am every day (the only reasons to leave home during curfew hours are for permitted work, and essential health, care or safety reasons)
  • Exercise is limited to a maximum of one hour per day and no more than five kilometres from your home. Group size is limited to a maximum of two*
  • Shopping is limited to one person per household per day and within five kilometres of your home*
  • Students (including year 11 and 12) learning from home from Wednesday 5 August
  • From Thursday 6 August kindergartens, family day care and early childhood education services are only open to vulnerable children and children whose parents are permitted workers
  • The Night Network (route 970 to Rosebud) is suspended
  • Face masks/coverings continue to be mandatory.

* If you are unable to leave home because it would mean leaving a young child or at-risk person alone then they can accompany you. If your closest supermarket is further than five kilometres, you can still shop there.

Changes to Shire services

Continuing as normal:

  • Rubbish, recycling and green bins collection.

Closed to the public:

  • Tips and hoppers (open for commercial use only. The 2019/20 waste voucher expiry date will be extended until 31 December 2020)
  • Mount Martha Golf Course
  • Boat ramps (only commercial fishing can continue)
  • Playgrounds
  • Skate parks
  • Community halls and houses
  • Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
  • Our Library
  • Recreation centres and pool.

Open for people who live within 5km:

  • The Briars is open to pedestrians (closed to visitor vehicles)
  • Beaches
  • Cemeteries
  • Sporting fields (for personal exercise only).

Modified services:

Online resources and activities:

  • Belgravia Leisure, which runs Mornington Peninsula Shire’s aquatic and recreation centres, is looking out for our community in a generous way while gyms are closed, by offering Peninsula residents free access to its online fitness and nutrition portal during lockdown.
  • Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery is continuing to deliver free online arts and crafts workshops for young and old. They also offer insightful interviews with artists on MPRGTV and podcasts.
  • Our Library hosts free Zoom events, including author talks and LEGO challenges. Join children’s Storytime Tuesdays 3pm and Thursday 11am and Babytime on Fridays 11am live on their Facebook page.

Support for local business

Advice, updates and support to help your business plan and respond to Coronavirus is available from Business Victoria. You can also call the business support hotline on 13 22 15.

Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Funding Finder lists all funding opportunities provided by state, federal and philanthropic grant programs, including all COVID-19 funding support.

Mornington Peninsula Business have a range of free online training and workshop opportunities, as well as a small business mentoring program.

Do you need help?

The uncertainty the pandemic brings can affect our mental health and we might feel stressed, anxious and worried in ways we haven’t before.

It is important to look after yourself and your loved ones who are struggling.

If you need to talk to someone about how you are doing you can call Beyond Blue to speak to a trained counsellor on 1800 512 348 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.

If you live under threat of family violence by another person in your home and you are at risk, you are allowed to leave home. If you are stopped, you can tell police you are feeling unsafe and they will help you. Call 1800 737 732 for confidential counselling and support or visit 1800 RESPECT.

Food and emergency relief

Mornington Peninsula’s Community Support Centres can home deliver food and emergency relief for people who are not able to leave their homes or cannot afford to go to supermarkets. If required you can travel more than 5kms to access emergency relief.

For more information contact:

  • Mornington  Community Information and Support 5975 1644
  • Westernport Community Support 5979 2762
  • Southern Peninsula Information and Support 5986 1285.
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Worker support payment

If you have tested positive to COVID-19 or are awaiting your test results, you must stay at home. The only permitted reason to leave your home is to receive urgent medical care. The Department of Health and Human Services can provide financial support to Victorian workers who are self-isolating or quarantining because they are waiting for test results, have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or are a close contact of a confirmed case.

Learn more about the worker support payment

Local testing clinics

If you have any symptoms, however mild, you should get tested. Symptoms can include: fever, coughing, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, headache, muscle or joint pains, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, loss of sense of smell, altered sense of taste, loss of appetite and fatigue.

For further advice call the 24-hour Coronavirus hotline 1800 675 398, your general practitioner or use the State Government’s online self-assessment tool.

Testing is free if done through a public health facility or GP offering bulk billing.

Rosebud Hospital: The clinic is located in Eleanora House at the front of the Rosebud Hospital site and is open daily 10am-6pm.

Frankston Hospital: Open daily from 10am-6pm at 12 Hastings Road, Frankston.Drive Through Screening Clinic: Monash University Peninsula Campus, Moorooduc Highway, Frankston. Open daily 8.30am-4pm.

Atticus Health Medical Clinic Hastings: Testing at the clinic car park. Tests are by appointment only.

Rosebud Respiratory Clinic at the Rosebud Skin Cancer Centre: Testing at the clinic by appointment.


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